according to the Windsor Square – Hancock Park Historical Society, construction of the homes in the Windsor Square and Fremont Place areas began in 1910, and the Hancock Park development started on Rossmore, moving west to Highland in 1921 Hancock Park is home to the quaint shopping district known as Larchmont Village.
Long before Beverly Hills was 'Beverly Hills', there was Hancock Park, one of the oldest, most affluent, architecturally well-preserved and star-studded neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Just 5 miles west of downtown, the neighborhood bloomed in the 1920s when prominent Angelenos with notable names like Doheny, Chandler and Ahmanson hired accomplished architects such as Wallace Neff and Paul Williams to design large and elegant mansions on the oversized, mostly flat lots.
Hancock Park is centrally located in the city and is bounded by Wilton Place on the east, Melrose Avenue on the north, Highland Avenue on the west, and Olympic Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard on the south. Hollywood lies to the north, Korea-town to the east, Mid-City to the south, and the Miracle Mile and Fairfax District to the west. Beverly Boulevard, Rossmore Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard and 3rd and 6th Streets are the primary thoroughfares running through the district. Unusual for most LA neighborhoods, residences in Hancock Park tend to be set back from the street, most power and telephone lines are buried, and fences are a rarity. It is located near both the Wilshire Country Club and the Los Angeles Tennis Club. The average household income of its residents consistently ranks among the highest in the United States and Hancock Park continues to be one of the most desirable areas in all of Southern California to live.
Hancock Park is home to many corporate executives, stars and celebrities. Some of the famous residents of Hancock Park have been Muhammad Ali, John Barrymore Sr., Manny Pacquiao, Sean Hayes, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Jason Alexander, Patricia Heaton, Kathy Bates, Michael Rappaport, Nat King Cole and David Schwimmer.
Hancock Park is within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Public schools serving Hancock Park include Los Angeles High School, Fairfax High School, John Burroughs Middle School, Bancroft Middle School, Hancock Park Elementary School, and 3rd Street Elementary School. Private schools include Yavneh Academy, a Jewish school.